Stunting affects an individual’s educational and wage-earning potential and can even affect the next generation of children. Most research of childhood stunting focuses on the determinants and correlates that lead to stunting—through nutritional or early infant experiences, with one potential solution to stunting being an increased supply of locally produced food. This research examines the interplay of community-level cropped area as a factor relating to childhood stunting. We use the most recently collected Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data for Mali, very high resolution remotely sensed imagery, and other remotely sensed data relating to geophysical characteristics to examine the impact of local cultivation on children’s health. We focus on evaluating the environmental, community, household, and individual characteristics of the children who report healthy anthropometrics despite the presence of specific stunting risk factors. In adopting this approach to studies of children’s health we can shed light on how small-scale agricultural production impacts childhood stunting among at-risk children.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was funded, in part, by NASA Grant NNX13AC67G. Kathryn Grace and Greg Husak were funded, in part, by USGS grant G14AC00042. Kathryn Grace was also partially supported by NASA Grant NNX13AC67G. Nicholas Nagle's effort was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) grants SES-1132008 and BCS-0961294.
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- Children’s health
- Food insecurity